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Lydia Ko wraps up LPGA rookie award

Lydia Ko wraps up LPGA rookie award
Lydia Ko watches her shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club last month. (Lai Seng Sin / Associated Press)

It might be a while before Lydia Ko's name gets mentioned without the word "youngest" attached to it.

The 17-year-old is already ranked as the youngest winner and the youngest millionaire in LPGA history. Now she has locked up rookie-of-the-year honors, becoming the youngest player to earn that award.

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"It's really been a dream rookie season for me," she said. "I learned so much and am glad to have achieved some of my goals along the way."

With two victories and two runner-up finishes this season, Ko has built an insurmountable lead in the race for the points-based rookie award. Born in Korea and raised in New Zealand, she had previously won twice on the women's tour as an amateur.

The latest rankings put her at No. 3 in the world with three events remaining on the LPGA schedule.

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